Swedish pop star Sofia Karlberg dropped a brand-new single, “Hate My Guts,” a glossy song presaging her upcoming sophomore EP.
Talking about “Hate My Guts,” Sofia shares, “Fear of commitment and having trouble letting people in is something I’ve had problems with for as long as I can remember, I wrote the song together with two of my closest friends not only as an apology to those who I shut out but also as a reason to open up and let myself in, which makes the song really special to me.”
Following on the heels of the EP’s first single, “Do It Again,” “Hate My Guts” features the same musical team: Sofia Karlberg, Victoria Ross, and producer/songwriter Martin Bustgaard.
Sofia Karlberg broke through and collected vast popularity with reinterpretations of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” and the Chainsmokers’ “Paris,” which attracted massive views on YouTube. In 2019, she began releasing original songs, dropping her EP, Spotless Mind, followed by a series of high-profile, hit singles amassing more than 1.5 billion streams.
“Hate My Guts” opens on solitary prog-rock-flavored guitars topped by Sofia’s luscious, tender tones. A throbbing beat gives the song an alluring rhythm as plush pop leitmotifs roll out overhead. Sofia’s redolent voice evokes gentle warmth, rife with passion and regret, while radiant backing harmonies imbue the tune with glowing depth and dimension.
“There’s only so much one heart can bear / I’m feeling it now that you’re not there / I know it too well that I should just forgive myself / For f**king this up / But I still hate my guts.”
At once nuanced and laden with remorse, “Hate My Guts” mirrors the heartbreak, sorrow, and acknowledgment of Sofia Karlberg.